This is the week expectations begin to soar around the NHL. The free agent market opens Sunday, and teams will add the superstars and role players they believe will vault them toward the Stanley Cup.
It turns out there is significantly more disappointment than joy when players, teams and fans look back to the previous free agent frenzy.
In an effort to determine players’ immediate impact on a new team, The News analyzed the offensive output of all 251 skaters who have signed a multiyear contract with a new team since 2006-07. In addition, we studied the per-game breakdown of all 303 moves within three weeks of the trade deadline since 2005-06.
Read the full story here and check out a breakdown of the research below: